Wages, conditions must be set at the workplace says ACCI

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Wages, conditions must be set at the workplace says ACCI

Primary authority over wages and employment conditions should be exercised in the workplace, not centralised in the hands of government at any level, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) believes.

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Primary authority over wages and employment conditions should be exercised in the workplace, not centralised in the hands of government at any level, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) believes. 

Issues paper

In an issues paper ‘Functioning Federalism and the Case for a National Workplace Relations System’ released over the weekend, ACCI says that while a federal system of government can produce benefits from competitive federalism in some areas of public policy, ‘this is not the case in the workplace relations context’. 

Seek to eliminate regulation

It also dismisses claims that State industrial relations systems are a force for beneficial competition or act as a future ‘safe haven’ against Commonwealth laws. 

‘Those who make such a claim are incorrect,’ said ACCI chief executive Peter Hendy.

‘The lessons of history show that employers and employees under State systems can be legally forced into Commonwealth laws by union action, whether a State government likes it or not. There is no free choice.’ 

‘The objective of industry is not to seek more regulation from any one government but to eliminate regulation on the same topic by six different governments and parliaments,’ he said.

The paper is available on the ACCI website.

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